Carrying momentum from its big victory Saturday at the Indian Classic, the Newton-Conover wrestling team continued its brilliance on the mat Thursday.
The Red Devils took an early lead and held off a tough West Wilkes squad for a 40-22 victory.
N-C coach Eddy Clark said he expected the Blackhawks, which have won the state 1A title the past three seasons, to bring their â€śAâ€ť game.
â€śWe knew what they had,â€ť Clark said. â€śThey have 11 kids ranked in the top five of the state. We knew we had our work cut out for us.â€ť
Fred T. Foard earned a sweep in their tri-match against North Buncombe and Freedom on the wrestling mat Thursday.
The Tigers defeated North Buncombe handily, 70-6, and followed that up with a 52-18 win against Freedom.
In the third match, Freedom edged North Buncombe, 38-36.
Foard 70, North Buncombe 6
106- Lane Bonds (F) dec. Sam Childers 8-7
113-Dylan Cassidy (F) pinned Levi Heath
120-Michael Vincent (F) pinned Chandler Robinson
126-Caleb Griffin (F) pinned Tristan Jarrett
132-Ben Pitts (F) major dec. Joe Hammond 16-3
138-Tate Blanton (F) pinned Troy Martin
Jesse Story, Chelsey Queen and Taylor Sigmon combined for 39 points, leading the Bandys girls basketball team (5-0) to a win against visiting North Iredell on Thursday.
Story scored 14 points and had five assists in the game. Queen netted 13 points and assisted four times on her own, while Taylor Sigmon ended Thursday's game one rebound short of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Bandys took an 18-3 lead in the first quarter, allowing them to get ahead and never look back in the contest.
People with permits will be allowed to carry concealed handguns without restrictions at Hickory city parks and recreational facilities following approval this week by Hickory City Council.
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Hickory police have arrested four Hickory High School students in relation to a string of break-ins and larcenies in northwest Catawba County.
Police say Meguel Robinson, 16; Anton Harris, 16; Tyheem Walton, 17; and Jamario McCombs, 17, are all connected to six car and home break-ins between November and this week.
Hickory Police Sgt. Porter said a member of the public called police after seeing three suspicious black males walking in the pouring rain on Tuesday.
The following incidents occurred this week in Catawba County:
Thieves pried into a Newton manâ€™s pickup truck toolbox and stole a GPS, tools and N.C. Uniform Citation Book at 1927 Mt. Olive Church Road.
Suspects broke into the residence of Joseph Frances Blanchette, 64, of 350 Spencer Road in Conover, and stole a black 42-inch flat-screen TV valued at $550.
Alma Bernice Wagoner Leinbach, 90, of Newton, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Leinbach family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.
The Piedmont Hardware ledger dates back to 1910.
During that year, the store sold a screwdriver in November for 25 cents.
In February 1911, someone purchased bull tongue for 15 cents. That same month, someone paid $4.50 for a plow.
Now, more than 100 years later, Piedmont Hardware is still serving the Maiden community in Catawba County. Like most everything else, the storeâ€™s business, ownership and even price range have changed over the years.
Current owner Samantha â€śSamâ€ť Saunders said one thing hasnâ€™t varied â€” the storeâ€™s values.
Severe weather in recent years may help area schools avoid a growing school calendar that local officials say lacks flexibility.
Catawba County Schools (CCS) appears to qualify for a â€śgood causeâ€ť or â€świnter waiverâ€ť that would allow the system an alternative to an unpopular school calendar proposed by the state.
In June, the N.C. General Assembly approved a 185-day school calendar year that must start Aug. 25 and end June 10. The calendar requires five more days of student instruction than in past years.
Congressional candidate Ken Fortenberry today called on U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry to quit protecting his corrupt colleagues and immediately cosponsor legislation that would prohibit insider trading of securities by members and employees of Congress.
â€śItâ€™s time for Mr. McHenry to end his silence on this important issue and to start doing the right thing for the people he represents,â€ť said Fortenberry, the congressmanâ€™s Republican opponent in next Mayâ€™s primary. â€śThe politicians in Washington continue to get the gold mine while the people get the shaft.